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Ripples Restaurant

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
Insouciant bon-vivant and erstwhile troubadour prone to verbose verbiage.
Published January 8th 2019
Old school Chinese done well
Cantonese cuisine in Melbourne is about as common as your average-common-and-garden variety fish n chip shop. This has been the staple Chinese restaurant every suburb sees with classics (yawn) such as beef and black bean, lemon chicken, Singapore noodles and so on and so forth until the Sang Choy Bow at item no 249 on the menu.

Most such restaurants are passable but don't leave an enduring impression - unless it's a distinct feeling of being unimpressed. Ripples in Bentleigh though manages to offer up these traditional yum cha dishes but do so at a level high enough to justify the slightly higher price than one might expect.

I ordered what I'm sure the menu told me was a flounder fillet – which at $28 seemed a bit steep though in keeping with the other prices on the menu. However, what I got can be viewed below:
Flounder, seafood, Chinese, Yum Cha
Many in the sea, one on my plate


Perfectly cooked flounder served with buttery steamed bok choi – I had little option but to consume the entire fish which wasn't small! Fortunately for a health nut such as myself, the fact it was steamed, a very lean fish and served with soy sauce and steamed greens only didn't lead to too much guilt.

Of course, the other options available on the menu aren't quite as guilt-free but do come drenched in deliciousness/saturated fats. Besides, according to at least one internet guru it's not the fat that will kill you but the rice.

Mongolian beef, yum cha, Chinese, Ripples, Bentleigh
Mongolian Beef at Ripples

It's a big room with plenty of room for the multitudes that regularly crowd in. Family oriented wait staff and the fish tanks full of live produce keep the kids entertained.

So, if you're looking to satiate your dirty yum cha cravings, or alternatively order some surprisingly quality seafood, Ripples is your venue.
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Why? Because Yum Cha is Yum
When: Lunch & Dinner
Phone: 03 8592 6960
Where: 453 Centre Road, Bentleigh
Cost: $15-35 per main
Your Comment
Finding a good Chinese restaurant has been almost impossible for the last ten years as Melbourne suburbs have overloaded with Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean eateries, sushi shops, noodle boxes etc.
Chinese restaurants have all but disappeared!
“Ripples” sounds great - we will visiting it this week for sure!
by fluffynut (score: 2|900) 34 days ago
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